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A Whole Year of Cupcakes

Martha Stewart Kids, Fall 2003

Happy times with kids call for cheerful cupcakes. Easier to serve than cake, cupcakes require no slicing, no plates, and no forks -- and every child gets her fair share of icing.

All the designs on these pages start as Chocolate Cupcakes or Vanilla Cupcakes iced with Swiss Meringue Buttercream -- perfect for spreading in thin layers or sculpting into thick mounds (and licking from the bowl).

The cupcakes can be baked a week ahead and frozen, but decorate them no more than a day before serving. Set up an assembly line, and put kids in charge of affixing candy eyes, gumdrop cheeks, and other trimmings. Pack the cupcakes in a shallow plastic container, and stuff crumpled waxed paper in between. Then dole them out and watch kids marvel for a second before opening wide!

January: Snowman Cupcakes
February: Xs and Os Cupcakes
March: Lion and Lamb Cupcakes
April: Butterfly Cupcakes
May: Lollipop Cupcakes
June: Shark and Beach Cupcakes
July: Flag Cupcakes
August: Clown Cupcakes
September: Apple Cupcakes
October: Witch Cupcakes
November: Turkey Cupcakes
December: Holly Cupcakes

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